BRIBIE LIONS YOUTH OF THE YEAR

By The Bribie Islander Gloss Magazine

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Bribie Island. Lions Club. Charity. Not for profit. Youth

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Tags: Bribie Island. Lions Club. Charity. Not for profit. Youth

Bribie Island Lions conducted the local final of Youth of The Year on the 21st February at Bribie Island golf club Woorim. The program is designed to encourage students interest in Leadership and qualities required to take an active role in the Community. They also have the opportunity to learn leadership management and community service skills from groups of professional men and women.

Featured image(above): (L to R) Overall winner Alexis Thomas, Public Speaking winner Kieffer Titmus and Madison Dryden.

The program seeks a high level of academic, leadership, sporting, public speaking and citizenship achievements in its potential winners. By emphasizing these qualities it hopes to provide outstanding role models for young people and an overall increase in confidence of young men and women.

Bribie Island. Lions Club. Charity. Not for profit. Youth

(L to R) Linda West (Local Lions Chairperson) Graham Emery (Lions Zone Chairman) Winner of Howard Waterman Bursary Lexie Waddell – Bajor.

The program consists of interviews on achievements, general knowledge community affairs, and public speaking events at which a prepared speech of their own choice of five minutes duration and responses to two impromptu question of two minutes. The program is divided into two winning sections, public speaking section, and the overall winner. Three contestants took part Alexis Thomas, Kieffer Titmus, and Madison Dryden. The public speaking winner was Kieffer Titmus.

The overall winner was Alexis Thomas who will now go to the regional final to be hosted this year by Bribie Island Lions. In recognition to his service to Lions former Past District Governor and member of Bribie Island Lions ( the late Howard Waterman ), Bribie Lions has dedicated “The Howard Waterman Bursary” in his honour.

The bursary is presented to the club’s Youth of The Year entrant from the Bribie Island High School who attains the highest OP rating at the end of year 12. This year’s winner of The Howard Waterman Bursary was Lexie Waddell – Bajor.


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